- Dacian Fortresses
- Danube Delta
- Exclusive Tour
- Fortified Churches
- Holiday in Bucovina
- Holiday in Maramures
- Holiday in Transylvania
- Holiday to Romania
- Long Tour
- Meals included
- Medieval Castles
- Medieval Cities
- Medieval Fortresses
- Painted Monasteries
- Private Tour
- Salt Mines
- Saxon Villages
- Tours in Bucovina
- Tours in Maramures
- Tours in Moldavia
- Tours in Romania
- Tours in Transylvania
- Traditional Food
- Traditional Villages
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Wooden Churches
AN EXCLUSIVE AND COMPLETE TOUR OF 18 UNESCO HERITAGE SITES FROM ROMANIA
Complete Romanian UNESCO Heritage Tour is the biggest private tour of UNESCO attractions from Romania. This 15-day tour begins in Bucharest and it will take you to the most important and spectacular sites of the country and to the local artist workshops.
Great chance to explore the superb landscapes, unspoiled nature, old villages with traditions kept for hundreds of years and great organic food prepared by local ladies with all the ingredients from their gardens.
In this two weeks you will experience the diversity and complex culture of the four big regions of Romania with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Wooden Churches of Maramures, the Painted Monasteries of Bucovina and the well preserved Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania.
Experience the delightful cuisine in the homes of the local people and sleep in memorable locations right in the heart of the medieval towns. Book this Complete Romanian UNESCO Heritage Tour for the best experience in Romania and for taking your holiday to the next level!
The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.
Itinerary: Bucharest – the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Danube Delta Private Cruise – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Bistrita Walking Tour – Wooden Churches of Maramures – Steam Train Trip – Maramures Region Highlights & Folklore Show – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Sibiu Walking Tour – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Alba Iulia – Rimetea Traditional Village – Turda Salt Mine – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – Gold Museum – Densus Stone Church – Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Fortress – Monastery of Horezu – Curtea de Arges Monastery – Brasov Walking Tour – Prejmer Fortified Church – Bran Castle – Sinca Secular Forest – Peles Castle
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)|
|18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 7 on the Tentative List||Danube Delta (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve)|
Surdesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Budesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Barsana Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Ieud Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches)
Voronet Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Moldovita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sucevita Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Humor Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries)
Sarmizegetusa Regia (Dacian Fortresses of the Orăștie Mountains)
Historic Center of Sighisoara
Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Calnic Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Prejmer Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania)
Sinca Secular Forest (Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe)
Monastery of Horezu
Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Historic Town of Alba Iulia (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Rimetea Traditional Village and Surroundings (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Densus Stone Church (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Cula (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Curtea de Arges Byzantine Monastery (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS
- Benefit of complete flexibility of having the tour tailored on your requirements, in terms of the route, the duration and the features of the tour;
- No more than two days in the same location;
- Enhance your experience through our choices of tours to match your particular interests and traveling style;
- Visit through our exclusively designed tours and cultural connections in Transylvania, Maramures, Bucovina and Dobrogea no less than 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, almost all of them and 7 on the Tentative List;
- Enjoy the exceptional knowledge and expertise of Romania’s top rated licensed tourist guide with excellent reviews;
- Take the unique chance of meeting Gypsies in their own community in Transylvania and discover their particular culture and see what good skills they have at crafts;
- Enjoy traditional Romanian delight specialities from all four big regions, authentic local dining in our traditional homes in Maramures, Transylvania and Wallachia and taste traditional Bucovina and Danube Delta lunch;
- Meet local people in traditional markets and in a real home in Maramures;
- Discover the daily life, self-sufficiency and sustainability in the remote Saxon villages of Transylvania and Maramures;
- Meet & interact with locals in all home hosted experiences and local markets on our authentic cultural connections;
- Enjoy 9 nights of accommodation at full of character, centrally located buildings, as well as five superb local homes in Maramures, Wallachia and Transylvania;
- Feel the countryside living in the trip with the horse cart and the home-made dinners;
- Meet local artists such as a woodcarver, an icon designer, a potter and an egg painter in their workshops and learn about the traditional arts & crafts;
- Make the most of your tour experience through our exclusively designed tours with all admissions included and not just only guided walks;
- During your trekking in the Secular Forest, you will see all the wildness and the nature part of a virgin forest;
- During your private boat trip, you will have the opportunity to see and experience the nature wilderness of the Danube Delta.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN||Bucharest (it can be changed at your request)|
|TRANSPORTATION||Fully insured sedan/minivan with climate control|
|TOURIST GUIDE||Certified English-Speaker Tourist Guide (speakers of other languages at request)|
Day 1: Bucharest Arrival
***Optional: You can choose a traditional Romanian Welcome Dinner with Folklore Show
***Optional: You can choose a Bucharest City Tour (requires one extra day)
Day 2: the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Enisala Citadel – Tulcea
In Constanta, one of the largest cities of Romania and by far the oldest, established in the 4th century BC as a Greek colony, you will take a walking tour to the Secession style Casino and the Genoese Lighthouse. Later you will admire the monument of Ovidius (Ovid), the National Museum of Archaeology, where you will see the fabulous Glykon Serpent and the wonderfully restored Roman Mosaic – one of the largest in this part of Europe.
In the afternoon drive to Mamaia – Romania’s largest sea resort, established by King Carol I of Romania in the second half of the 19th century and then continue north to the ruins of the ancient town of Histria and Enisala Citadel. In the evening, arrive to Tulcea located at the entrance in the Danube Delta.
Dinner on your own. A suggestion is Ivan Pescar – Fish Bar.
Day 3: Private Danube Delta Private Cruise (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Lunch – Galati Ferry – Bucovina
Depart to Bucovina region crossing the Danube on the ferry at Galati. Arrive at the 4* hotel after the short orientation tour in the city. Dinner on your own.
***Optional: Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour (requires three extra days)
Day 4: Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Black Pottery Workshop
Next is Moldovita Painted Monastery with it’s towers on the both corners of the facade and a powerful tower for the gate. At the lunch, enjoy a traditional Bucovina lunch in the picturesque village of Sucevita. Later continue to the nearby Sucevita Painted Monastery, which is the largest of all, looking more like a mighty fortress than a monastery. Inside, the Virtues Ladder is considered one of the best of the frescoes from Bucovina, being the most impressive by its amplitude and the contrast between angles and hell’s chaos.
Next, we will visit the workshop of black pottery, the historians date the beginning of pottery here in 1500, they use a technique called “oxygen reduction”, and same technique is use in Mexico only. The last monastery is Humor Painted Monastery, the only one without a belfry tower.
Early evening arrive at the hotel.
Day 5: Egg Painting Workshop – Bistrita Walking Tour – Borgo Pass – Woman Museum – Ieud Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures
Next, we continue our Complete Romanian UNESCO World Heritage tour driving west towards the border of Transylvania, Bistrita, one of the seven fortified cities built by the Saxons. We take a short break in order to visit the city center where we can see the church with the tallest tower in Transylvania, the Coopers Tower, the Silversmith’s House, the Great Square, the Union Square and the Orthodox Church. Bistrita is the town mentioned by the Irish writer Bram Stoker in his novel – Dracula, as the place where Jonathan Harker had spent the night before going to the count’s castle, at the Golden Crown Hotel. After the tour remake Harker’s road to the castle and arrive on Borgo Pass, the place where the imaginary Dracula’s castle was been mentioned.
Next, we head to the splendid and remote region of Maramures (The Land of Wood). Due to the relative isolation of their land, the people of Maramures developed a particularly strong community with a unique personality, traditions, culture and lifestyle unspoiled for centuries.
In the village of Dragomiresti we will visit the unique local museum located in a 300-year old home. Visit Ieud on the Hill wooden church (UNESCO World Heritage Site), here in the attic of the church, an important discovery was made: the Codex of Ieud, a document dating from 1391, which is generally considered to be the oldest example of written Romanian language.
You will be accommodate in a guesthouse located in the Upper Viseu village area in a double room with dinner and breakfast included.
Day 6: Steam Train Trip with Picnic Lunch – Barsana Wooden Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures
Next, we continue our Complete Romanian UNESCO Heritage Tour along the picturesque Iza River Valley – an excellent opportunity to witness daily life in this corner of Romania. First, we will stop to visit is the exquisite Barsana Monastery, an example of Maramures wooden church architecture at its best, in Barsana village, where you will visit a famous master carver in his own workshop too. He represented Romania at the 1999 Smithsonian World Folk Festival in Washington, DC, famous for the wonderfully carved wooden gates. Next is another wooden church that is in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Barsana Wooden Church.
Now it is the time to understand the dowry traditions and to admire wonderfully carved wooden gates of Maramures. Accommodation is in a private house in a Maramures village. The dinner and the traditional home-made plum brandy is included so that the people will faster get deeper into the local culture.
Day 7: Exclusive Walking Tour – Sighetu Marmatiei – Communism Memorial – Sapanta Merry Cemetery – Dinner with Folklore Show
Next is the house of Nobel Prize Winner, Elie Wiesel who was born in this Romanian town. Continue west reaching the village of Sapanta, with the world famous Merry Cemetery. Here each wood cross carries a funny epitaph about the person’s life. Before returning to the village, take a view of what is the tallest wooden structure in the world in this moment, Sapanta Peri monastery. In the evening, enjoy the home hosted dinner with an exclusively organized Maramures folklore show at the accommodation place.
***Optional: Three-hour trip in Ukraine, to Solotvina and Nyzhnya Apsha
Day 8: Surdesti & Budesti Wooden Churches (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Organic Smoked Bacon Tasting with Home-made Lunch – Sighisoara Walking Tour (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Next, we will visit the Historic Centre of Sighisoara, UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only still inhabited medieval citadel in Europe. Before starting your walking tour of old Sighisoara your tourist guide will have an informal talk with you on Vlad the Impaler – Dracula, what is truth and what is fiction. In Sighisoara the German settlers built the city in the late part of the 12th century. The walking tour includes the two squares of the Citadel, the Scholars’ Staircase, the Tinsmiths’ Tower, the House with Antler, and the Tower with Clock. Sighisoara is the place where Vlad the Impaler father had a house and the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was born here.
Accommodation in the Upper Town.
***Optional: Transylvanian wine tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara
Day 9: Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri and Biertan with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Sibiu
Next, will be the Viscri village, the traditional Saxon village, one of the oldest in all of Transylvania. It is famous for the traditional houses that the Prince Charles bought, restored and converted into guesthouses for tourists. We will visit the Fortified Church, that unlike many of the other fortified churches, this one was built around 1100 by the Szekler population and taken over by Saxon colonists 100 years later.
After the tour, we will go to the fortified church of Biertan, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a visit of the former seat of the Lutheran Bishops of Transylvania. With its three belts of fortification, this is the most impressive fortified church in Transylvania. Next, you will have the chance to visit a Gypsy home, on the exclusive home visit you will have the unique opportunity to learn about this less known yet controversial ethnic group, about its culture, identity and lifestyle.
After reaching Sibiu, brief orientation tour on the way to the hotel. Accommodation in a 4* hotel in the center of Sibiu.
Day 10: Sibiu Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Calnic with the Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Alba Iulia Citadel – Turda Salt Mine – Home Hosted Dinner in Rimetea Traditional Village
Before reaching Rimetea, our journey continue to Turda where we visit a very different kind of tourist attraction. The salt mine of Turda, which is an outstanding landmark on the map of the Romanian. The first excavations here date back to the 13th century (one of the oldest salt mines in the world) and after 1932, this huge underground space was used as a bomb shelter during WWII and even as a cheese storage centre. In 2012, Turda Salt Mine was very close to becoming the Batcave for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.
Early evening arrival in Rimetea Traditional village, which is a fascinating village, one where locals made from the conservation of their unique patrimony a priority. In the fast-changing rural landscape of Romania, this is a rare image, one you will remember forever.
Accommodation in a guesthouse with a home hosted dinner prepared in a traditional way.
Day 11: Exclusive Horse Cart Tour – Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries – the Gold Museum – Corvin Castle
Next, we will visit the Ancient Gold Mines with the Romans Galleries, which represents the historic legacy of the Romanians from the Roman Empire. Dates back 2000 years ago when it was constructed by the miners who were brought here as colonists under the reign of the Roman Empire. We will descend the 157 steps of about 30 m elevation difference. The mine galleries are rectangular profile, made with a hammer and a chisel in the first part of the 2nd century.
Gold is one of the first metals used by humans. In nature, it is often found in nearly pure form, remaining shining and is not oxidising for thousands of years, that way we will visit the Gold Museum in Brad, unique in Europe and among the three worldwide. Here you will understand the history of the gold extraction from Romania starting before the first century.
Early in the afternoon, depart to Hunedoara, to Corvin Castle, one of the largest and most well preserved medieval castles of Europe, home to the mighty Corvin/Hunyadi royal family. After the visit to this Gothic-Renaissance castle, the evening will be at your leisure.
Day 12: Sarmizegetusa Regia Dacian Capital (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Densus Stone Church – Greceanu Fortified Mansion – Monastery of Horezu (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Dinner with Folklore Show
Next, we will visit an unknown origin church, the legend says that the Densus Stone church is a Roman pagan temple from the 4th century. This theory places Densus Stone church as the oldest church in Romania, partially because the altar is placed south and not east like in typical Christian churches and because the byzantine style combined with roman columns and painting from the 15th century.
After the shortstop we are crossing the mountains to Wallachia were we will see how the semi-fortified mansions of the nobles were built starting with the 16th century. Local nobles built the fortified mansions like residences and to defend themselves against outlaws’ invasions.
Before arriving at the accommodation we will stop at the fantastic Horezu Monastery, founded in 1690 by a Romanian prince, the monastery is a masterpiece of the “Brancovean” style. It is known for its architectural purity and balance, the richness of its sculptural detail, the treatment of its religious compositions, its votive portraits and its painted decorative works.
In the evening, enjoy the guesthouse hosted dinner with an exclusively organized Wallachian folklore show at the accommodation place.
Day 13: Curtea de Arges Monastery – Bran Castle – Prejmer Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – Brasov Walking Tour
Later, it is time for Bran Castle also known as Dracula Castle. This medieval structure was built in 1377 to safeguard the trading route between Transylvania and Wallachia, enlarged and restored a few times to become a royal residence in the 1920s under Queen Marie of Romania. After the visit, you will have time for buying souvenirs and have an exclusive natural cheese sampling.
Next is Prejmer village, where you will visit Prejmer Fortified Church, the largest fortified church in South Eastern Europe.
Remain of the day is spent in Brasov, another of the important Saxon cities with a rich heritage and one of the oldest in Europe, dating from 1235. The tour will reveal the Old Town with the magnificent Black Church – largest Gothic style church in South-Eastern Europe and featuring a collection of over one hundred Muslim prayer rugs, Council Square, Catherine’s Gate, the Guild Towers, Schei Quarter with the First School in Romanian language and the narrow Rope Street. Hotel check-in in the lovely pedestrian area of the Old Town with its many restaurants and outdoor cafes.
Day 14: Trekking Sinca Secular Forest (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with Picnic Lunch (Active Day)
The virgin forest of Sinca have trees more than 500 years old, in the forest the tallest fir tree of Romania it can be find, measuring more than 63 meters and having a trunk with a diameter of three meters. Monumental trees of all ages can be find in the forest, in an environment untouched by humans, where plants and animals live in harmony, a place that we will explore and admire with the help of a forestry guide from the forest district.
We will serve the lunch in the forest like a picnic.
Early in the afternoon you will arrive back in Brasov, the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
Day 15: Peles Castle – Bucharest Airport
After the visit drive to Henri Coanda International Airport for your afternoon return flight.
Traditional Romanian welcome dinner with Folklore Show
In the evening, you can opt to serve a traditional dinner at a local restaurant with an idyllic view, situated on the lakeshore in Bucharest’s most famous park, the Herastrau or Michael I Park. Here, you will enjoy a three-course meal dinner with wine included, and you will get a chance to discover the traditional Romanian folklore costumes while enjoying the dances of the local performers. The entire show displays authentic Romanian traditions and customs, from the sewn details on the white outfits of the dancers to the delighting music played by the local artists.
Three-hour trip in Ukraine, to Solotvina and Nyzhnya Apsha
After Sapanta Peri Monastery visit, you can chose to visit the Ukrainian Maramures with a visit to Solotvina, which is the Ukrainian part of the Romanian town. And you will have the chance to visit Nyzhnya Apsha village. This region was in Transylvania until 1920.
Extra full day Bucharest City Tour
After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.
Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour
Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca
Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour
Next, we travel south, stopping at the outstanding cave monastery of Old Orhei, which is organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. A home-made lunch will be served in the village with the same name.
In the afternoon, you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. Before reaching the hotel, we will visit the capital city of Republic of Moldavia, which is one of the greenest city in Europe. The tour will reveal the Arch of Triumph, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau with the Belfry Tower and the Parliament of Moldavia. To have a sweet evening we will have a short stop at the famous “Bucuria” shop, which is the greatest enterprise specialized in the production of candies. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina
First, we will visit Bender Fortress, which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldavia – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Later we will cross Dnister in Transnistria, where you will understand why this is the world’s last Soviet republic in fact.
In Tiraspol we will visit Suvorov Plaza & Monument, Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war, Lenin statue and more.
After the walking tour in Tiraspol we will go back to Bucovina, crossing back Prut River in Romania.